PETA protests against Joe’s Stone Crab

For over 100 years, Joe’s Stone Crab has been a Miami Beach staple. What started as a seafood shack is now an iconic restaurant that has served presidents, celebrities and locals. The restaurant, as its name suggests, specializes in Florida crab claws.

Stone crabs are unique, in that a claw can regenerate, and when properly harvested, a crab can be returned alive to the ocean. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), it typically takes a year for a crab to regenerate a new claw.

Fishing for stone crabs is heavily regulated by the FWC, which enforces the size of crabs, prohibits fishing for egg-bearing crabs, and enforces specific trapping requirements.

But animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says crabs feel pain when one claw is pulled out and that crabs need both of their claws to defend themselves and feed in. nature. “Crabs need their claws for food and self-defence, but they are torn apart – limb by limb – and tossed overboard until they die,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. in a press release.

Today, April 13, at noon, PETA volunteers will demonstrate outside Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach), carrying a banner that reads, “It’s a scam! I feel pain and I need my claws! A PETA worker painted as a stone crab will writhe on a giant dinner plate as if in pain.

The protest coincides with PETA’s release of a video which shows workers on a fishing boat that supplies Key Fisheries slamming a shark against a boat and cutting up pieces of the animal, ripping out parts of a live octopus, ripping the tail off live lobsters and throwing the still-living creature into water to die.

While it is legal in Florida to harvest both claws from a stone crab provided it is of sufficient size, “this practice leaves the stone crab with few alternatives for defending itself against predators.” Also, a crab that does not have claws may have difficulty eating. “Although the crab can still obtain minimal amounts of food without claws, having one claw (if the other is harvested) will allow the crab to obtain greater amounts of food in less time. Crabs stonefish (like other crustaceans) have the ability to regrow their claws, but this process requires a large amount of energy in the form of food,” says the FWC on his website.

The FWC also notes that a stone crab has a better chance of survival if an angler breaks the claw at the body/claw joint. A research study on stone crab amputation found that 28% of stone crabs that lost one claw died, while the number nearly doubled for those with both claws removed (47%).

Although crabs don’t make noise, it’s likely that they do feel pain. A 2014 study conducted on 40 European shore crabs in the UK found that the crabs reacted negatively to electric shocks, providing evidence that they were likely in pain or discomfort.

new times has reached out to Joe’s Stone Crab and PETA and will update this story with their responses.

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